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KDM leaders in Pakatan Harapan off the mark: Warisan
Published on: Tuesday, May 14, 2024
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KDM leaders in Pakatan Harapan off the mark: Warisan
Mudi said affirmative actions are desperately needed to uplift the living standards of the KDM communities, especially in the interior, who are lagging far behind in terms of education, economy and infrastructure development. 
Pensiangan: Parti Warisan Supreme Council Member Mudi Dubing has called on the Kadazan Dusun Murut (KDM) leaders in the Unity Government to focus their energy to solve more pressing issues affecting the communities instead of continuously talking about categorising themselves generically either as Momogun or Dayak. 

He said affirmative actions are desperately needed to uplift the living standards of the KDM communities, especially in the interior, who are lagging far behind in terms of education, economy and infrastructure development. 

“All the major KDM-based political parties in the likes of PBS, Star, Upko and PBRS are now in the Unity Government. So there should be no more of those ‘conditions’ such as the Federal Government require the KDM communities’ political support to realise the changes they longed for,” he said in a statement. 

“Hence, it is the right time for the KDM leaders from these parties to demand affirmative action on issues affecting the KDM communities such as land grabbing, poverty, deplorable roads, dilapidated schools, unsafe bridges, mismatched employment, and internet connectivity and so on. 

“I also find it very untimely to debate the categorisation now in view that SLS’ hearing on the 40pc entitlement is scheduled on the May 16 and as we know, this matter (and MA63) is very close to the heart of the KDM communities, especially in the Interior, due to its manifestation in the Oath Stone. 

“The debate is distracting at a time when the KDM communities should be coming out to support SLS because for the first time ever, a reputable and authoritative organisation is demanding the Government to honour what our founding forefathers wanted for us to have in return for them agreeing to form the Federation of Malaysia,” he said. 

Mudi, who is also the Pensiangan Warisan Division Chief, said despite financial constraint, the division would be sending its delegation to the hearing on May 16 to support SLS. 

“Pensiangan may be the farthest and one of the poorest district in Sabah and one can imagine how tough it will be for our delegation to go through hills or rivers and travel all the way to Kota Kinabalu to attend the hearing using our own expenses. 

“But we don’t want to miss this defining moment for Sabah and being made up mostly of farmers. Our delegation have nothing to give to SLS except by showing our support to them by being there. 

“Even if nobody will be supporting SLS in this hearing, Warisan Pensiangan is proud to say that we are solidly behind them because they are doing the right thing for Sabah,” he said. 

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